Fund­ing cri­sis hit­ting town’s needy an­i­mals

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - KAREN BRIT­TON

AN­I­MAL char­i­ties in Mac­cles­field say they are fac­ing the big­gest cri­sis they have ever known.

Three an­i­mal sanc­tu­ar­ies have told the Ex­press that are fac­ing record num­bers of aban­doned pets and are hav­ing to turn away an­i­mals.

It comes after vol­un­teers at the RSPCA branch for Mac­cles­field, South East Cheshire and Bux­ton took the dras­tic decision to put a com­plete stop on an­i­mals un­til the end of the year be­cause they can no longer af­ford to help them.

Windy­way

An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary and An­gel’s Res­cue also say they’ve had to turn an­i­mals away as the num­ber of aban­doned pets rises.

The RSPCA has blamed the eco­nomic down­turn for the prob­lem say­ing that in­creas­ing num­bers of pet own­ers are strug­gling to meet food vets’ bills.

Kit­tens have re­cently been found aban­doned near Bolling­ton Leisure Cen­tre and on the We­ston Es­tate.

He­lena Brails­ford, 43, RSPCA fund­ing co­or­di­na­tor and trustee who fosters cats, said she’s scared about what will hap­pen to an­i­mals they turn away.

He­lena, who lives on Ull­swa­ter, said: “If we can’t take an­i­mals, then peo­ple aban­don them, dump them at an­i­mal cen­tres or vets in boxes.

“They may be­come a cru­elty case and I’ve known an­i­mals to be drowned in canals.

“If we can’t take an an­i­mal from the an­i­mal hos­pi­tal they may have to put it to sleep.

“The de­mand on ser­vices is higher than ever, with the re­ces­sion peo­ple can’t af­ford to look after their an­i­mals and our fi­nan­cial chal­lenges are greater than ever.”

The RSPCA does not have its own cen­tre to care for an­i­mals, but in­stead fosters them out to lo­cal an­i­mal lovers.

How­ever, they say the homes of vol­un­teers are full and that they can no An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary, on Bux­ton Old Road. The trust cur­rently cares for 21 dogs, 63 cats, five longer af­ford to pay for pri­vate board­ings.

He­lena said: “We can’t keep up with vets bills and board­ing fees.

“It’s so up­set­ting turn­ing an­i­mals away. We’re still get­ting calls from peo­ple in Mac­cles­field ev­ery day. It’s the worst sit­u­a­tion I’ve seen.”

Windy­way Head Farm is owned by Wendy Daw­ber and the sanc­tu­ary on site is run by her son, Don and daugh­ter Sally Wilson.

Sally said: “This sum­mer we’ve had scores of preg­nant cats and aban­doned kit­tens, more than any of us can re­mem­ber at Windy­way. We found six kit­tens aban­doned in Ast­bury woods, four kit­tens left at the Bolling­ton Leisure Cen­tre next to bins, rab­bits and four guinea pigs.

Adam said: “This char­ity is very close to my heart and it’s a great hon­our to be part of it as a pa­tron.

“I re­ally want to help the Windy­way Trust and all the an­i­mals in the sanc­tu­ary the best I can.

“I love all an­i­mals, par­tic­u­larly dogs, and have had sev­eral res­cue dogs as pets.” and six kit­tens were found on the We­ston Es­tate.

“And there are so many kit­tens just left on our doorstep.”

Emma Ry­der, from An­gel’s Res­cue, which is also based in Mac­cles­field, said: “This is def­i­nitely the worst we’ve ever seen it. We’re see­ing more an­i­mals in need than ever be­fore.”

The RSPCA branch, which started in 1989, takes in an­i­mals res­cued by the char­ity’s in­spec­tors or handed over by own­ers, which first go to Greater Manch­ester An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal for neu­ter­ing, mi­crochip­ping and vac­ci­nat­ing.

There are only four foster homes for dogs, six for rab­bits and 10 cat fos­ter­ers in the whole area which in­cludes Styal,

Chris­tine Ear­les, chair of the Windy­way Trust, which has a char­ity shop on Ch­ester­gate, said: “We are de­lighted that Adam has agreed to join us. He’s go­ing to be per­fect for the Trust, and help us raise aware­ness of the work we do.”

Windy­way re­cently took in two preg­nant six-month-old cats that were sis­ters.

Days after they Wilm­slow, Alder­ley Edge, Prest­bury, Con­gle­ton, Bux­ton, Al­sager and Sand­bach.

The team was left £60,000 in a will at the end of 2012 to cover pri­vate board­ing fees, which costs up to £6.50 per cat per night, £3 per rab­bit, £10 for dogs - a to­tal of up to £5,000 a month.

Now the money has run out so the com­mit­tee de­cided to take the heart­break­ing decision to stop tak­ing an­i­mals, ex­cept when there is a vacancy in its foster homes.

Last year the branch took in 371 an­i­mals - 78 dogs, 91 cats, 128 rab­bits and 74 oth­ers in­clud­ing ar­rived, they each had three kit­tens on con­sec­u­tive days and lov­ingly shared the care of their newly born.

Sally said: “We didn’t know which kit­tens be­longed to whom but it was great to see the cat sis­ters work­ing to­gether as a fam­ily.

“It was a won­der­ful thing to wit­ness. The cats and kit­tens have now been re­homed.” ham­sters, guinea pigs and birds. The num­ber of an­i­mals each month ranged from 40 to 90, an av­er­age of around 75. He­lena said: “The branch is not cen­trally funded, we ex­ist through do­na­tions and fundrais­ing. We need peo­ple to help with funds and be­come foster car­ers so we can help needy an­i­mals.”

To do­nate or foster an­i­mals go to rsp­ca­mac­cles­field.org.uk or call 01625 669620.

Call Windy­ways on 01625 422246 or go to windy­way.org

Call An­gel’s Res­cue on 01625 421467 or go to an­gel­sres­cue.co.uk

A fun quiz night in aid of the Windy­way An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary will be held at the Poyn­ton Royal Bri­tish Le­gion on Oc­to­ber 17. For in­for­ma­tion, go to windy­way.org.

There is also an RSPCA fundrais­ing Auc­tion Evening with Adam Par­tridge at Mac­cles­field Golf Club on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 6.

●» RSPCA fund­ing co­or­di­na­tor He­lena Brails­ford

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